There are risks to being a good Samaritan, so goes the story.  It cost him out of his own pocket; he also put himself at risk by helping someone at a spot on the road that was frequented by robbers.  He could get hurt and beaten up, just like the man he was helping.  The good Samaritan obviously was a man of means carrying a good bit of cash.  He knew he could be robbed also.  He could have said, “I have to get out of this dark place fast. I cannot help this total stranger.  It is way too risky.”  Yes, it is risky to be a good Samaritan, and it may be risky to someone else if you need one.

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him.  He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable.  In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ Luke 10:33-35 (MSG)